The CRKT Berserker is a burly axe designed by Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical. It features a Tennessee Hickory wooden handle and a 1055 steel head that makes up the 19-inches of pure demolition. The head of the axe not only acts as just that, but a hammer as well. The finish is a manganese phosphate coating.
Rmj tactical designs are badassed and amazing. I was praying that he would bring out a civilian version of the beserker and he did. I love it, feels good In the hand Ole hickory handle ,an elegantly aggressive stance. Also ax head is made so it takes large bites,when cutting wood. Kudos love this design.
I love this axe, but there are some downsides. It’s very heavy. Can be great, if you’re using it in a limited capacity, or you don’t have to trudge around the woods with this thing. It won’t hang in an axe frog. The balance is just off for it ride in a common use frog. I have tried every modification that I could possibly come up with to have it be an item that I can throw on my pack, and it just will not do it. It flips itself around after about three steps, and I end up grabbing one of my cold steel trail hawks instead. It throws very well, hits like a 10 pound sack of potatoes, the balance is very blade centric so deep cutting is very easy to do. The handle is a little strange though. It tapers down towards where your hand will be, so it does make it a bit hard to orientate the blade while swinging. I popped a hole in the handle and wrapped with 550 cord which helped out immensely. Overall for the price, this thing will serve very well just as long as you don’t try and do anything too physically strenuous or walk more than a few feet without expecting this axe to fall out of the frog you may have it hanging from.
Purchased this axe for a camping trip. The axe did a decent job splitting wood that had been already chopped into quarters. My only hope is that the handle had little splinters. When my hand slid down the handle I can feel some splinters. I had to re-sand the handle a bit more smoothly. I also had to add some grip tape at the bottom of the shaft and a bit near the head. I am looking into changing the handle because when I swing and it the log the head has a tendency to roll in my hand. It is too oval.